Meade High School alumni on #WhyIB

Meade High School alumni on #WhyIB

February 28, 2020 0 By Stanley Isaacs


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[D’Juan] I’ve never done an interview like this. [Interviewer] It’s definitely
not scary. [Meron] (laughs) [Interviewer] Tilt a little
bit towards the camera. [Sarah] I’ll try [Interviewer] yeah, we’ll help you [Interviewer] Tilt a little bit towards the camera [Meron]I like this though, I like this interview. [Meron] This is nice. [Sarah] (laughs) [Interviewer] Yeah, perfect,
perfect! [Meron] My most memorable part of my
experience was just feeling like this
programme was like a family. I don’t know how to really
highlight this enough. We have somebody to go to if
we don’t have anybody to go to. IB really was, it was tight
knit. It was a small group, but
we really felt together, and we felt that warmth of being
a family. [Sarah] One thing that I really
liked about the IB programme is that constantly pushed
us to try our best, and with the rigor, it
really helped us with skills like analyzing papers or like doing a certain
math problem a certain way, so it really helped in that
way, but I definitely gained
communication skills and how to deal with the course
load. [Meron] The IB program
definitely helped me become and understand what it means
to be an inclusive student and what it means to go out
my way and see yeah, I have
friends in this program, but I can go out my way
and make friends outside of the programme, too. So it’s helped me to be a
more inclusive character, a more inclusive person
and really grow out and branch out and find new
people. [Jaylah] So a few skills that I took
away, obviously more practical
things, such as time management, which I know is a big skill
that’s really important in college and in the workplace and being able to balance things, seeing as IB is different
from other academic programs. It requires academic success
and also things like CAS, so you really learn to
balance things in your life, how much you can do, what
pushes you past your limits. And so learning that in high
school really helps when you go to
college ’cause you don’t have to learn
it there, where it can be more difficult Did IB prepare me for college? Yes, I can’t really emphasize
it enough because I go into school. This is my first semester. I just completed my
first semester at Towson, and I see people struggling
with doing three page papers or four page papers, and
I’ll knock it out the way in like 30 minutes or so. It’s really simple. One thing my IB coordinator
taught me was when you finish this
programme, regardless of if you get that IB diploma or
not, one thing you’re taking
with you is IB magic. That will never leave you. It just comes with work ethic, and everything that you’ve been
taught has been taught through IB. Your experiences that you overcame, it’s like it just goes with
you because you learn as a person and you can’t really get rid
of that. [D’Juan] My time in the IB really
helped me my first semester because the university that
I go to is very diverse, and it helped me just
recognize different cultures, different ways of thinking, and in terms of classes, it
helps me a lot with my writing. I feel that I’m a very strong
writer because of the IB programme. It’s helped me breeze through
essays that other people struggle through. [Sarah] I find that doing the IB programme really made my first year, well, my first semester
experience in college really nice ’cause I wasn’t worried
about the workload, and whenever I got a
paper, I wasn’t worried ’cause I was used to it. I already did it in high school, so taking the college
level classes really helps. [Jaylah] My advice to a students
that are currently in the IB program is
that yes, it seems hard, and that’s because it is hard. That’s part of what you can
expect when you take something more
rigorous and you do more. It’s going to be hard, but it definitely pays off in
the end. Even if you can’t see it
now, it’s gonna pay off. [Meron] Some advice that I’d give to
future IB students is to rest because, of course, school comes
first and you wanna study and you
wanna get things out the way, but you need to rest to even
proceed and do what you have to do. So rest is really big
thing about how I got to just finish this
programme ’cause it’s a lot. It’s a lot to take on your shoulders, and it’s a lot to juggle,
so you need to take care of yourself first before
you put your studies in front of you. [Sarah] For current diploma students, I really advice that they push,
push hard ’cause it’s all worth it in
the end. I know it gets hard and
you just wanna quit, but it’s really worth
it, and it all goes out to something in the end even. Even if you don’t get your diploma, the skills you learn are really
invaluable in the future. So it’s worth it in college
(chuckles). [D’Juan] Manage your time well (chuckles). Do your homework ahead of time. Do your assignments ahead of
time. Start them the day that you
get them because in college, there
won’t be as much time. I realized that in the DP program, I had a lot more time
than I thought I did, so I would tell the DP students to manage their time very well. [D’Juan] For students who are
considering the IB program and who are unsure, I would
tell them to just join the program,
see what it’s about because you can’t really
understand the whole program without being in it in the first
place, seeing if it’s for you or if
it’s not. Just join the program
and see if you like it. [Jaylah] So if you’re considering
joining the IB program, I would say you should definitely, and obviously that would be
the expected answer coming from an alum, but I actually
mean it. Obviously it’s a lot of hard
work, and while you’re in it, you
can feel as though you’ve made a wrong
choice or as if you regret it, but
I promise you that afterwards, it’s an
incomparable opportunity. You get introduced to a
near college level rigor before going to college,
and it makes the jump from high school to
college that much easier. So I would say definitely pursue
it. You’re gonna feel like
you’re doing hard work and that you shouldn’t have
to, but I promise you it makes
things that much easier, so please take the IB.